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The Raiders Minimization (10 Oct. 2013)

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Sheldon gets mad at Amy for ruining one of his favorite movies. Raj & Stuart try to make their online dating profiles more appealing, and Leonard tries to play the sympathy card with Penny.

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For her Psychology class, Penny has on the recommended reading list one of Leonard's mother's books. Leonard doesn't want Penny to read it, and all about his troubled childhood. Penny does whatever she can, including having sex, to help Leonard overcome his feelings about her reading the book. Although Leonard's depressed feeling about Penny reading the book and about his childhood are short lived, Leonard decides to continue the ruse to get favors out of Penny. Meanwhile, Amy is indulging Sheldon's latest want, that to watch one of his favorite movies with him, namely Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). Although she does not intend to do so, Amy ends up ruining the movie for Sheldon by pointing out that the character of Indiana Jones really is incidental to the movie's outcome, i.e. that the outcome would have happened with or without Indy. Sheldon goes to great lengths to ruin one of Amy's favorite arts/entertainment titles for her, which isn't as easy as he would like. And Raj and ... Written by Huggo

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Title Reference: The title refers to Amy pointing out an error in the movie "Raiders of the Lost Ark" which ruins or minimizes the experience for Sheldon. See more »

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When Raj suggests that Stuart put down that he is a talented artist and owns his own business, Stuart replies that neither of those ever helped him meet a woman. However, both of those are what led to his first date with Penny. See more »

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Sheldon Cooper: [theme from 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' is playing] So, what do you think?
Amy Farrah Fowler: It was good.
Sheldon Cooper: That's it? Good?
Amy Farrah Fowler: I enjoyed it. When you told me I was going to be "losing my virginity" I didn't think you meant showing me 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' for the first time.
Sheldon Cooper: My apologies; I chose my words poorly. I should have said you were about to have your world rocked on my couch. Anyway, thank you for watching it. It's one of my all-time favorites.
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The Raiders Maximization
2 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although I thought this was a very entertaining episode, I thought the allegation that Indiana Jones was irrelevant to the outcome of the story to be incorrect. Amy stated that with or without Indiana Jones, the Nazis still would have found the ark, brought it to the island, opened it, and died. While the guys were analyzing these allegations in the school cafeteria, Howard countered that the Nazis never would have even found the ark because they were digging in the wrong place and the only reason they got the ark was because Indy found it first. Leonard begrudgingly stated that the Nazis were only digging in the wrong place because Indy had the medallion and without Indy they would have had the medallion and dug in the right place.

However, according to the story it doesn't appear that the Nazis would have even known where to find the medallion without Indy, since they were looking for Abner Ravenwood but didn't know where in the world to find him. Indy knew that his former mentor Abner had collected certain artifacts so he went looking for Abner in Nepal and found Abner's daughter Marion who was Indy's former girlfriend. The Nazis showed up right after Indy also looking for the medallion, and surely would have obtained it, by torturing Marion if necessary, if Indy wasn't there to fight them.

But without Indy, the Nazis would have not even known to go to Nepal to look for the medallion, because they didn't know about Marion, where she was living, or that she even had the medallion, since they were looking only for Abner. When Indy embarked on his journey, it clearly showed a Nazi spy following him on the plane ride, while peering over a Life magazine. The Nazis knew they couldn't find the medallion on their own which is why they started following Indy when they found out through their spies that he started searching for Abner also. The Nazi spy on the plane ride was almost certainly alerting his cohorts along the way about where Indy was going, which is how they all ended up at a remote mountain bar in Nepal.


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